Nonparametric Families: Densities and Hazard Rates
A number of nonparametric families of life distributions have been studied, particularly in the context of reliability theory; the most important of these families are discussed in this chapter. Because the families are defined by properties that have physically meaningful interpretations, an assumption that a distribution lies in a particular family sometimes can be justified by a physical understanding of the failure mechanism. For these nonparametric families, many statistical procedures are available that can be regarded as standing between parametric and standard distribution-free analyses.
KeywordsExponential Distribution Hazard Rate Survival Function Life Distribution Reverse Hazard Rate
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